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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as useful as I'd hoped, 31 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Gluten-free Cookbook for Kids (Paperback)
I bought this book looking for some recipes for my toddler daughter who's recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease. The recipes in this book are generally nice, although I would certainly not describe them all as 'for kids' as they're actually a diverse range of meals for all the family.

However, if I had known that the "...Gluten free flour mixes available on prescription are not suitable for the recipes contained in this book...", then I might not have bought the book. I also would have preferred that information to be displayed more prominently than at the bottom of page 47. I wanted child-friendly recipes and advice on how to use the flours I CAN get on prescription to make meals for my daughter - not a book which requires me to purchase additional flours just to get started.

I was, to be honest, a little bit disappointed with this book. The title led me to believe it would be packed full of recipes that would entice a toddler, and would use the foodstuffs available on prescription for a coeliac child. I already know that rice, eggs, fruit and salad are naturally gluten free, so about 18 pages of recipes on these foodstuffs seems a bit 'money for old rope'. On the other hand, there are some lovely recipes in there and I will still use this book to make gluten-free meals. Just not as much as I'd hoped, and probably in conjunction with another gluten-free cookery book.
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Initial post: 24 Jan 2011 01:28:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jan 2011 01:36:05 GMT
Sorry to hear you are disappointed. A few points to clarify. Many of the prescriptions flours available contain a wheat starch known as Codex Wheat- which is banned in many countries. I would caution the use of these types of flours especially for young children. Also, one has to strike a balance including recipes which are naturally gluten free and easy to make as many people will find the first few months of diagnosis quite stressful. Having a few quick standbys which do not require any specialist ingredients can be very useful, particularly when going out to friends and relatives. Adriana

Posted on 21 Mar 2011 09:15:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Mar 2011 09:15:55 GMT
Thanks for this honest review Jude. It's very helpful.

Posted on 24 Aug 2011 13:59:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Aug 2011 14:00:17 BDT
suzi3608 says:
I can eat the gluten free flours available on prescription without ill effect and it all works fine. Your choice I guess!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2011 15:22:36 BDT
Coeliac's come in all shapes and sizes and what suits one, may not suit another. The recipes are designed to be used with gluten free flour available at most supermarkets. You are of course welcome to try prescription flours or any other combination of flours, but I feel it's my responsibility to point out, that the results may be different.
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